Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Krista Cooper

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work

Office Location: NH012
Phone: (269) 471-6249


B.A. in English & Spanish, Oakwood College, 2002

M.S.W., University of Michigan, 2003

Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Alabama, 2014


Krista Cooper, MSW, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Andrews University. She joined the faculty in 2012, teaching courses in Social Policy, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Work Ethics.

In addition to teaching, Cooper has had experience in a variety of social work fields, including mental health, child welfare and abuse prevention, substance abuse/misuse, and individual and group therapy. She has been involved in several scholarly papers and presentations. Her research interests focus on issues in health, domestic violence, mental health in underserved populations, HIV prevention and intervention, and policy development for immigrant populations.

Cooper is a member of Social Work and Health Inequalities Network, Central Alabama Caribbean American Association, and American Public Health Association. In 2008 she received the Southern Regional Education Board Fellowship.

Cooper earned her Ph.D. in 2014 at University of Alabama and  her dissertation was entitled Experiences of Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV/AIDS: A Phenomenological Investigation.

Current Research or Professional Activities


Krista Cooper.  The Praxis of Excellence.  Keynote Address Women of Excellence Conference (2019).  Berrien Springs, MI.

Krista Cooper.  Research advocacy: Afro-Caribbean immigrant women living with HIV.  Journal of Social Work and Christianity 46(1), 41-48, 2019.

Tam Pheona Cane and Krista Cooper.  Self-Care and the HIV Researcher: Reflections from the Field.  Social Work, Education, and Social Development (2019).  Dublin, Ireland.

Cooper, K. (2017), Rodriguez, S., & Arriaza, P.  "Understanding the Biopsychosocial and Spiritual Needs of Minority Women with HIV." Council on Social work Education: Houston, TX.

Cooper, K. (2017), Drumm, R., VanderWaal, C., Baltazar, A., McBride, D., Cincala, P.  "Adventist World Radio: Audience recommendations and reported Benefits." Adventist Human Subject Researchers Conference: Loma Linda, CA.

Cooper, K. (2017), Drumm, R., Baltazar, A. "Only God is five out of five: Global listener's perceptions of religious radio programming."  SSSR/RRA. Washington, DC.

Cooper, K. (2017) & Csikai, E.  "Good Care and Justice for All:  Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV."  Collaborative Soolutions, HIV/AIDS Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cooper, K., (2017), Drumm, R. VanderWaal, C., Baltazar, A., McBride, D. & Cincala, P.  Adventist World. Focus Group Report. The General Conference Archives, Reports, and Statistics. 

Cooper, K. (May 2016).  Spirituality and Meaning-Making in Chronic Illness: A Case Study of an Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Woman Living with HIV.   Adventist Human Subject Researchers Conference. Oakwood University, Huntsville AL.

Cooper, K.  (2015).  The Life Experiences of Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women Living with HIV:  A Phenomenological Investigation.  A Celebration of Research, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI.

Cooper, K., & Ponce-Roas, M.  (2015) Researching Women's Lives.  Michigan Academy of Arts and Letters.  Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. 

VanderWaal, C.J., Mayer, A.R., Cooper, K. & Racovita-Szilagyi, L. (December 2013/January 2014).  Balancing justice and mercy:  Redemptive ways of dealing with student substance use.  The Journal of Adventist Education.  76(2), 40-47.

Payne-Foster, P., Cooper, K., Parton, J. M., & Meeks, J. O. (2011). Assessment of HIV/AIDS
prevention of rural African American Baptist leaders: Implication for effective partnerships for capacity building. Journal of the National Medical Association. 103, 323-331.

Cooper, K.  (2011). Best Research Practices with Afro-Caribbean Immigrant Women with HIV/AIDS to the United States. Atlanta, GA: Boston College Annual HIV/AIDS Conference.

Cooper, K. (2010 ). Exploring Effective Research Practices and the Needs of Caribbean Immigrant Women with HIV/AIDS. Dublin, Ireland: 6th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health (June 27- July 2).

Payne-Foster, P. & Cooper, K. (2009). Influencers of HIV/AIDS Prevention in Black Churches in the Deep South. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, Rural Health Conference

Li, A., Nelson-Gardell, D., Cooper, K., Collins, S. (2009).  Educating Social Work Doctoral Students as Social Work Education. Jackson, MS: 38th Annual Alabama/Mississippi Social
Work Education Conference